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Windmill Palm Winter Damage


Justin-PA

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Hello!  New to this forum.

I live in southeastern Pennsylvania and have a Windmill Palms planted in the ground (4-5 years old).  In the winter, I tie up the fronds, wrap lower trunk in burlap, add lots of mulch and put a frost cover over it.  We had a 80 degree day in early March, and I got overly excited and took the cover off the larger of the two.  A week later, a winter squall came in, and within an hour bent many of the fronds.  Immediately, I went outside, retied fronds up, put frost cover on top, and put a space heater on it for several hours.

The tree is still looking healthy, butIMG_20220423_125331.thumb.jpg.a363b2f14c17fb034967e41d31949764.jpg IMG_20220423_125332.thumb.jpg.f2af170d854bc1cb5eb9a920c18576c1.jpgIMG_20220423_125348.thumb.jpg.896058f7ddc9bac9801c297dc8d6e62f.jpgIMG_20220423_125348.thumb.jpg.896058f7ddc9bac9801c297dc8d6e62f.jpgmany of the fronds are still bent.  I have wrapped some string to hold the fronds up for now, but wondering if anyone knows if they will eventually heal and I can take the string off?  Any reason to remove these fronds?  They are still very green.  See photos below.

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Hey welcome!  No the two or more abnormally hanging fronds are permanently broken from the snow weight.  Electric leaf blower is your friend next time.  You can cut those fronds and any other brown ones, up to you.

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I counted 7 abnormally bent fronds but otherwise green and healthy.   Should I cut them all off for tree health only or aesthetics?  I am hesitant to cut them all off.  If the bent frond may cause any tree disease, then I'm all about cutting and sealing with pruning spray.

Also what do you mean by electric leaf blower?

 

Thanks again,

Justin

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1 hour ago, Justin-PA said:

I counted 7 abnormally bent fronds but otherwise green and healthy.   Should I cut them all off for tree health only or aesthetics?  I am hesitant to cut them all off.  If the bent frond may cause any tree disease, then I'm all about cutting and sealing with pruning spray.

Also what do you mean by electric leaf blower?

 

Thanks again,

Justin

If they stay green you can leave them I guess.  I don't think they will damage the palm but I am not sure on that one.  the blower is to blow the snow off the palm before you have this problem.  more than 3-4 inches and I'd blow it off before it freezes solid.  If you had ice then that's a different story.  

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  18' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia odorata (1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -6F, -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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